The USA Eagles were outmatched and outperformed by the Tonga Sea Eagles, and fell 33-19 in their final match of group play at the Pacific Nations Cup.
Fetu’u Vanikolo scored two tries for Tonga, and Kurt Morath added three penalty goals. The Eagles did not get across the try line until very late in the match, but got some help from Folau Niua, who kicked three penalty goals. It was the hottest... Read More
The USA Eagles earned their first victory of the Pacific Nations Cup with a 23-18 win over Japan on Friday.
AJ MacGinty kicked six penalty goals, and Andrew Durutalo got the lone Eagles try in the 68th minute with a great team effort in a maul. Japan fought back in the final minutes, only to come just short of the try line thanks to a strong USA defense and a reckless penalty.
The Eagles got off... Read More
Saturday’s loss to Samoa leaves us in an all too familiar place, finding the silver linings in another lost opportunity. Had the Eagles beaten Samoa, the team that just stood nose to nose with New Zealand, it would have been a great momentum builder for the summer heading into the World Cup. Instead, they lost and now the biggest news in American rugby is the fall of a former captain.
Still, the... Read More
USA Rugby announced the release of former captain Todd Clever from the Pacific Nations Cup team Sunday, citing multiple squad conduct violations. The move comes a day after the Eagles fell 21-16 to Samoa in the tournament opener at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif.
The violations were Clever's absence at two mandatory sessions in the lead-up to the Samoa game, one the morning of the match and the... Read More
The USA Eagles fell to Samoa in their first match of the Pacific Nations Cup, 21-16.
Titi Lamositele was the lone try scorer for the Eagles, and scored it in the final ten minutes. A last-ditch effort to tie the game proved unsuccessful as Samoa held on for a hard-fought victory.
Samoa got out to a fast start in this one, controlling the pace and playing a very up-tempo game. In the fourth minute... Read More
After the USA Eagle women wrapped up the Super Series, the Eagle men start their warm-up for the Rugby World Cup in the 2015 Pacific Nations Cup, a six-nation tournament held right here in North America. The competition will feature a three-stage round-robin bracket followed by finals between the first and second-place finishers.
The Eagles will hit the field again after about a seven-month break... Read More
Mike Tolkin has named an experienced squad for Saturday's Pacific Nations Cup opener agaisnt Samoa at 7 p.m. PT at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. Only one new cap is guaranteed, and it's flyhalf AJ MacGinty who will claim it as he gets his first start for the full national team. Zack Test and Chris Baumann could claim caps should they come off the bench.
The entire Pacific Nations Cup... Read More
The Eagles begin an incredibly busy four-month span Saturday when they take on Samoa at 7 p.m. PT at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. On paper, the game looks like an uphill climb as the Americans been convened in camp for only a handful of days.
“The biggest thing we’re always trying to do is gain consistency. We have a lot of people that come from different places, and we come from all over... Read More
Canada owned the podium at the Pan-Am Games over the weekend, taking gold in both the men's and women's competitions. Both Canadian teams also knocked their American counterparts out of gold medal contention.
On the women's side, the race for first was a two-team affair. The USA crushed everyone but Canada, and Canada crushed everyone, including the Eagles. In their round-robin meeting, which... Read More
The United States women have the chance to maybe make history this weekend at the Pan-Am Games in Toronto. It’s tough to tell if the Eagles have won back-to-back tournaments before, and if so when, as the all-time women’s 7s records aren’t tidy and easy to find, but if they take gold on the weekend they’ll have two-consecutive tournament wins for the first time since at least 2011, if not ever.... Read More